Trying to Go Green

December 30, 2010 | Judy

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If, like me, you have recently registered for a Toronto Hydro Time-of-Use [TOU] account, you will know that there is nothing like seeing your electricity use graphically displayed on a daily basis [with costs] to make you think a little more about when and how much you use your appliances....

What's Behind the Hoarding at TRL? Part 2

December 22, 2010 | Dawn

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The re:vitalization and renovations continue on the city's largest public library, Toronto Reference Library and we thought you might like to take a quick look at what's going on behind that hoarding on Yonge Street and up on the second floor. In process are: Foundation work Piping and duct work...

Warning . . . Worldometers is a virtual, real-time, worldwide, statistical, mashup that may cause dizziness and vertigo . . .

December 20, 2010 | Richard

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The first time I visited Worldometers I had the feeling that I was suddenly put into orbit and looking down on the collective activity of all earth's human inhabitants: here presented in real-time are statistics on 'World Population', 'Government and Economics', 'Society and Media', 'Environment', 'Food', 'Water', 'Energy', and 'Health'....

The Big Picture

December 17, 2010 | Dawn

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Photojournalism has it roots in the mid-19th century and the Boston Globe's photo series published over the last three days emphasizes that this art form still flourishes across the globe. The Big Picture, 120 photographs, published over three days is now complete and available to view online. Take a look...

What’s New with our Old Stuff?

December 16, 2010 | Dawn

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Libraries, especially research libraries like the Toronto Reference Library, exist to preserve cultural artifacts and to preserve access to them - serving as cultural memory, if you will. Until recently, users have had to physically visit the library in order to make use of its rich resources. Since 1998, the...

Research Skills

December 14, 2010 | Beatriz

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The User Education Department of the Toronto Reference Library offers a workshop to help you use its collections and services. The workshop is divided into two parts: Research Skills Part I is an orienation to the library system in general, and a detailed history and overview of the Toronto Reference...

Seasons Greetings and a Display from Staff at the TRL Picture Collection Desk

December 13, 2010 | Richard

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In a distant land, high high up, where the sun always shines and you can see all the world below in a magical corner, almost hidden from view, is a tiny snow-filled world of fairy splendour . . . Come to the 4th floor and you can see the Postcard...

Need business or market research help? Call IntelliSearch!

December 8, 2010 | Mary-Beth

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Swamped with work but need Help? Get the information you need when you need it! Our research specialists are standing by to provide fee-based custom research. IntelliSearch researchers conduct market research for entrepreneurs starting a new business or for those considering investing in a new or unfamiliar industry. Our researchers...

Artists, can you picture this?

December 4, 2010 | Dawn

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Artists, illustrators, designers and researchers have known about the Toronto Reference Library's Picture collection for years. It now has a new home on the 4th floor and we invite everyone to come and check it out. And we mean that literally! Items from the picture collection can be borrowed. The...